Aloe variegata is one of the most curious succulents: it is quite small, which makes it particularly interesting to grow in a pot throughout its life, its leaves have very nice whitish bands, and also, unlike most species of the genus, prefers to be in semi-shade.
Also known as tiger aloe or variegated aloe, this precious little plant is endemic to South Africa and Namibia. It has between 18 and 24 leaves that are triangular, fleshy, dark green with whitish irregular bands, and they have a size of 10 to 15 centimeters in length by 3 to 6 centimeters in width. Its flowers are grouped in clusters 20 to 30 centimeters high, they are tubular and reddish-orange in color. The total height, not including the flower stem, is about 30 inches.
Its growth rate is not very fast; Even with the best care and in an area with mild weather year-round, it can be hard to see changes from month to month. These easy-care succulents need very little attention as long as their basic temperature requirements stay consistent. While they are easily propagated from offshoots, this plant takes from three to seven years to reach maturity, so be patient as the full beauty of its bloom stalks will become apparent only when it’s reached that adult stage.
Growing a tiger aloe is similar to growing any other aloe plant. They prefer warm weather and are suited to growing zones above 9b, but can also be grown indoors. This plant blooms in summer in its native areas, but indoors you may find its bloom season begins in winter and lasts through spring.